“The BLM looks forward to engaging the public on the Southwest Highlands and Middle Ruby Watershed Assessments,” said Field Manager Cornie Hudson. “These are significant assessments, and it’s important to receive input from the public.”
The five standards for rangeland health will be reviewed on an allotment by allotment basis within the un-allotted areas of the Ruby Mountain WSA to determine whether or not the standards are being met.
- Maintaining properly functioning upland and riparian areas, assuring that water quality and air quality meet State standards, and providing for biodiversity.
- Forest health, fuels conditions and conifer encroachment issues are also included within the land health standards.
- Where standards for land health are not met, contributing factors will be identified and recommendations for corrective action will be developed and presented by the interdisciplinary team.
National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) documents will be prepared next winter to analyze alternatives for revised management where resource concerns are found within these watersheds. The assessments, determinations and any necessary NEPA documents will be completed by resource specialists from the Dillon Field Office in coordination with permittees/lessees, other agencies and the interested public.
If you would like to know more about this process or have information or data that may be helpful to the BLM, please call (406) 683-8000 or email MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov. For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at: www.blm.gov/mt and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BLMMontana.